NSDI identifies next-generation geospatial agenda

NSDI identifies next-generation geospatial agenda

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New Delhi, India: NSDI should look beyond land and focus on oceans, atmosphere and biology as 70 percent of the Earth is yet to be mapped, observed Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India in his valedictory address at NSDI-10 in New Delhi, India. He added that just as there are thoughts about cities on the Moon, similarly, we should plan for cities in the ocean.

Moderator of the session, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, GIS Development, brought out Dr. Nayak’s remark as the next generation geospatial agenda. He informed how the geospatial industry is working as a unit under Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI). He updated the geospatial fraternity about the geospatial taskforce for education, commissioned by government of India (GOI) under the leadership of Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission, GOI. He added that in near future the government of India may consider Institute of Geospatial Technology on the format of IITs and other premier institutions.

State SDIs

Earlier, Dr. Nayak chaired the session, Status of State SDI. Addressing the session, Dr. P. S. Acharya, NSDI, Department of Science and Technologies, informed that Karnataka State Government is coming up with a geoportal and the next is West Bengal, followed by North-east and Haryana. He also mentioned that very soon, states like Uttarakhand and Kerala would also come up with state SDIs.

Savitur Prasad, Secretary, Department of IT, Delhi Government, detailed the audience on 3D map of Delhi by Delhi SDI. He said that the map is being prepared using aerial surveys and GPR technology. Highlighting the role of state SDI in ensuring security for the masses, Prasad said that 63 IP cameras have been installed at different important points of the city, illustrating how they were beneficial during the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. He also mentioned that a project like 3D mapping of Delhi brings transparency in the system. He supported his statement by citing that MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) officially claims of maintenance of 28,000 km of roads though during the survey it was realised that it is only 18,000km.

Dr. T.P. Singh, BISASG, Gujarat, highlighted the status of Gujarat SDI. He said that the Gujarat SDI has followed some basic principles like doing away with toposheets and not adding the terms “classified” or “confidential” in anything that they develop. Instead of toposheets, Gujarat SDI used GPS measurements and turned it into a seamless mosaic at 1:5000 scale. He informed that till now, 1.25 lakh maps have been digitised in the state. Availability of broadband will smoothen the functionality even at panchayat level. He added that GIS helps in planning and observed that given an inherent mapping sense, there is no need of special GIS training for users at panchayat level. About futuristic agenda, he mentioned that the Gujarat SDI is presently providing GIS training to 600 people in different departments, and this is likely to go up to 1000 by next year. Similarly, at school level there is a provision of geospatial education for 1.5 lakh students in the coming five years. He added that in the coming two years every village in Gujarat will have GIS maps.

Hemanth Kumar, State Science and Technology Council, Karnataka, India, elaborated on developments of Karnatka SDI. He showcased some case studies and informed about geoportal of the state. Dr. K. M. Reddy, DG, APSRAC, India, said that though the Andhra Pradesh State does not have SDI, it is one of foremost geospatial technology users in the country. Just like Gujarat or any other state’s SDI, Andhra Pradesh is also developing GIS maps at village level. Through some case studies, Dr. Reddy highlighted the role of GIS maps in development planning.

Dr. Vinod M. Bothale, Director, MRSAC, Nagpur, Maharashtra, talked about how Maharashtra SDI manages databases and uses it in different domains like agriculture, disaster management, etc. He added that PWD (public works department) database of roads is a vital information that has been added in the state’s GIS map. Prof J. S. Rawat, Director, Center of NRDMS, Kumaon University, Almora, discussed the status of Uttarakhand SDI. His special focus was geospatial activities in Almora district in the state. Vivek Chitale, NIC, Bhopal, talked about status of Madhya Pradesh SDI and the state’s ambitious projects like geo-forest, geo-ampere and e-gram suvidha.

Source: Our correspondent